The third and final deadline applicable to federal filing of Forms W-2 is approaching. The first deadline, January 31, 2009, was the deadline for providing copies of Form W-2 to employees. The second deadline, February 28, 2009 (extended to March 2, 2009 because of the weekend), was the deadline for filing paper copies of Forms W-3 and Forms W-2 with the Social Security Administration. The final deadline, March 31, 2009, is the deadline for electronic filing of Forms W-3 and Forms W-2 with the Social Security Administration. In addition to the later deadline, electronic filing offers the following benefits to employers:
It is free, fast and secure.
It saves time and reduces filing burden.
It provides an immediate receipt for proof of filing.